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Welcome to the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) Home Page

The African Society of Human Genetics provides a forum for scientists interested in Human Genetics in Africa to meet, interact, network and collaborate. The Society's aim is to equip the African scientific community and policymakers with the information and practical knowledge they need to contribute to the field of genetics research and to attract global attention to the efforts of African scientists.  A major goal of the society is the organization of a series of annual workshops and meetings in various parts of Africa.

The next meeting of the AfSHG will hold in Accra, Ghana, from May 19 - 21, 2013. The theme is: "Advancing Genomics Research in Africa". Please note the change in venue and dates from our previous announcement. You may find details of the meeting here. Please follow the guidelines on how to prepare and submit abstracts for the conference (downloadable version).

AfSHG is proud to be to be part of H3Africa: The Human Heredity and Health in Africa project. The project is a partnership between The National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Welcome Trust.

NCI Global Cancer Research Day

NCI's Global Cancer Research Day will be held in Washington, DC on March
 in conjunction with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Annual Meeting on March 14-16, 2013.

We aim to engage a diverse range of participants including both cancer researchers and global health professionals who may not necessarily have specific cancer expertise, but have an interest in exploring the intersection between global health and cancer. The Global Cancer Research Day meeting will utilize a highly interactive format to engage the cancer research and global health communities in a rich dialogue about cross-cutting issues. Topics explored will include capacity building, cancers related to infectious diseases (including HIV-related malignancies), lessons learned in global health and tapping into the global health community's expertise, training and education, effective collaboration with LMIC professionals, and other topics that span the global health and cancer fields.

NCI Director Dr. Harold Varmus has been invited as a featured speaker to provide insight into his vision of moving global cancer research efforts forward.

Click here to Register for free The meeting is open to all interested parties pending space availability.


To achieve the objectives of the 2013 World Cancer Day campaign it is essential that we all use ‘one voice’ when we talk or write about the initiative.

The following World Cancer Day 2013 messaging suggestions are provided for your use and adaptation. Please feel free to use these as a part of all press and social media platforms. Our goal is to spread the message worldwide and make a global impact on World Cancer Day.
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UICC fellowship & ONS funded Cancer Training Workshop in Nigeria


Over 200 Nurses in tertiary care institutions were invited to participate in a Basic Nursing Oncology workshop hosted by the Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria and funded by the UICC. There are over 100,000 nurses in Nigeria and the specialty of nursing oncology is not yet established. This workshop served as a rally point for those with an interest in this field and supports their early career development through exposure to international nursing oncology specialists. It also gave them an opportunity to join international oncology nursing societies and to be further educated through the workshops and seminars.....



AORTIC 2009AORTIC 2009 Conference (11-14 Nov,2009)

AORTIC 2009 conference is mere 7 months away, intending participant are  encouraged to register online if you have not already done so. There are exciting scientific programmes lined up for the conference not the least of which includes two live surgical workshops. The programme and on-line registration information is available on the conference website at . To qualify for reduced conference registration fees for the AORTIC 2009 conference we propose you become a member of AORTIC. Information on how to become a member is available on our official website at  (Africa site section) or e-mail me at  and necessary documentation will be sent to the members of this society.
AORTIC is dedicated to the promotion of cancer control in Africa.

15th UICC Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference
May 13 to 15, 2009

"Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre", Brisbane, Australia

In May 2009, delegates from around the world will converge on Brisbane, Australia, for the 15th UICC Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference.


The conference will connect women from around the world to focus on supportive care for those diagnosed with breast cancer. Particular emphasis will be given to the key areas of survivorship, capacity building, and peer support. It will be the first truly global forum for women affected by breast cancer.
If you or your colleagues or friends have a special interest in breast cancer supportive care, then this conference is for you.

The conference theme is "One Journey, Many People". The dates are 13-15 May 2009. The conference features an innovative and vibrant programme of international speakers, unique case studies, and detailed presentations and workshops. Our world-class keynote speakers include Dr Annette Stanton from the UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Ann Steyn, president of Reach to Recovery International, and Mollie Williams, director of community health programmes for Susan G Komen for the Cure.
Pre-conference workshops and training will include international collaborations with organizations such as the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

View the full conference programme on the conference website:
Join in a Celebration of Hope!
The Celebration of Hope is a two-week festival of events planned around the conference. The Celebration of Hope will showcase community support for breast cancer and includes dragon boating, a community fun-run with 10,000 participants, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle adventure from Brisbane to Sydney. The festival will harness a uniquely Australian spirit of adventure, inspiring delegates to embrace new ideas for the future. Delegates will get a taste of the diverse environment that characterizes the Australian way of life, enjoying the chance to bond with other women in a journey of exploration and discovery.

World Congress of Psycho-Oncology
21 - 25 June 2009, in Vienna, Austria.

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is proud to announce that it will provide five scholarships of US$1,500 each to help individuals from developing countries cover their cost of travel and stay for the next congress of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) in Vienna, Austria, 21-25 June 2009. IPOS will waive the congress registration fees of the selected applicants.

Applicants must be living in a developing country, be active members both of IPOS or any of its affiliates as well as of IAHPC and actively working in palliative care. Applications from physicians, nurses, psychologists and other disciplines are welcome. Preference will be given to individuals who have not received an IAHPC grant in the past three years and individuals with accepted poster or oral presentations in the Congress.
Applications are available through the IAHPC website at 
When applicable, please send proof of acceptance of the poster or oral
presentation, along with a copy of your current CV.
Deadline to apply is April 20th 2009. Results will be announced by April 30th.
Additional information about the IPOS Congress can be found at:

SEMCO-ASCO Palliative integrated Oncology advanced EPEC-O course and Conference
15-17 April, 2009 ,Cairo, Egypt
The Course is accredited by the University of California , and it is a combined
SEMCO-ASCO Educational meeting.
Please visit  & regularly for updates. South and East Mediterranean College of Oncology (SEMCO) is a non governmental and non profit initiative that aims at the enhancement of Professional and public education in all fields of cancer and relevant researches in the region of South and East Mediterranean.


3rd stop cervical cancer in Africa, July 19 -21st, 2009.

3rd stop cervical cancer in Africa, July 19 -21st, 2009.


American Cancer Society international fellowships for beginning investigators (ACSBI) - generously funded by the American Cancer Society


Target candidates

Investigators, clinicians, epidemiologists, public health professionals. Priority will be given to applications from the attached country list, low-, lower-middle- and upper-middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank, candidates from all countries are welcome to apply


12 months


up to 12 months with funding secured by the fellow from other sources and at no cost to the UICC


6-8 per year


US$ 45,000 each for travel and stipend

Application closing date

1 December

Notification of result

April the following year

Note: This is not a clinical training fellowship


  • to foster a bi-directional flow of research knowledge, experience, expertise, and innovation between countries

  • to advance the academic career development of beginning cancer investigators through clinical, behavioural or basic research projects


Successful projects should result in:

  • increased research capacity

  • building up of infrastructure capacity at the home institution

  • cancer control

  • reduced burden of cancer in own country

  • development of individuals to disseminate and apply learned skills and knowledge upon return to home institute

Profile of eligible candidates

  • beginning investigators and clinicians in the early stages of their academic careers, generally with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 years post-doctoral experience

  • PhD candidates with appropriate earlier degrees, if returning to an academic track position

  • candidates must hold an academic university or hospital position with an explicit commitment to return to the home institute

Please note that fellowships are awarded only to individuals who will be conducting their research at not-for-profit institutions. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted from, nor will fellowships be awarded for, the support of research conducted at for-profit institutions.


Research plan
Applied or clinical/translational cancer research projects will receive funding preference, particularly meritorious applications from the target candidate group. Remaining funds (if any) will support basic cancer research projects.


Basic Research: increases the base knowledge and understanding of the physical, chemical, and functional mechanisms of life processes and disease. Although it may use a specific disease model or experimental system, the knowledge obtained is fundamental and generally not directed to solving any particular biomedical problem. This research provides the building blocks upon which applied and clinical research are based.


Applied Research: is directed towards achieving specific objectives such as the development of a new drug, diagnostic test or procedure, therapy, or surgical procedure. It involves the application of existing knowledge, much of which is obtained through basic research, to a specific biomedical problem. It can be conducted with animals, non-animal alternatives such as computer models or tissue cultures, or with humans.


Clinical Research: builds upon knowledge learned through basic and applied research, and is conducted on human beings, usually in a hospital, clinical or community setting. The knowledge obtained from this research results in establishing treatments and drugs, psychosocial and behavioral interventions, or policy changes that directly improve human health, quality of life or healthcare delivery.

Annual competitive selection is conducted by an international panel of experts based on

  • the scientific evaluation of the research plan

  •  the experience and qualifications of the candidate

  • the suitability of the host organization and host supervisor

  • appropriate duration

  • a telephone interview with the candidate

  • the availability of appropriate facilities and resources to apply and disseminate the acquired skills upon return to the home organization



The National Cancer Institute's Translational Research Working Group (TRWG) has developed an important set of tools known as "Pathways to Clinical Goals." Designed to streamline the research process, the six Pathways are: anti-cancer agents (drugs or biologics), biospecimen-based assessment methods, immune response modifiers, image-based assessment modalities, intervention devices, and lifestyle alterations.
Read the articles in Clinical Cancer Research, available free of charge.



Applications for training fellowships in 2009-2010 are invited from junior scientists from low- or medium-resource countries wishing to complete their training in those aspects of cancer research related to the Agency’s mission: to coordinate and conduct both epidemiological and laboratory research into the causes of cancer. Disciplines covered include: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental chemical carcinogenesis, cancer etiology and prevention, infection and cancer, molecular cell biology, molecular genetics, molecular pathology and mechanisms of carcinogenesis, with emphasis on interdisciplinary projects.

Fellowships are tenable at the IARC in Lyon, France working in a research Group. Applicants are eligible from any country other than those classified as high-income economies by the World Bank ( The fellowship is for a period of one year, with the possibility of an extension for a second year subject to satisfactory appraisal. Candidates should have spent less than five years abroad (including doctoral studies) and have finished their doctoral degree within five years of the closing date for application or be in the final phase of completing their doctoral degree (M.D. or Ph.D.). They must provide evidence of their ability to return to their home country and keep working in cancer research. The working languages at IARC are English and French. Candidates must be proficient in English at a level sufficient for scientific communication. Candidates already working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Agency at the time of application or who have had any contractual relationship with IARC during the 6 months preceding the application deadline or who have already spent more than one year at IARC cannot be considered. Candidates should contact the host Group of their choice at IARC before application in order to interact closely to establish a proposed programme of mutual interest. Details regarding the IARC’s research programmes are available from the Agency’s web site:
Fellowships must be taken up by 31 December 2009. The annual stipend will be approximately 32 000 Euros. The cost of travel for the Fellow, and in certain circumstances for dependants, will be met, a dependant’s allowance paid, and health insurance covered.


– This programme is partially supported by the Italian Association for Research on Cancer –
Fellowship application forms and more detailed information are available from:


Fellowship Programme
150 cours Albert-Thomas, 69372 Lyon Cedex 08, France
Tel:  +33 (0)472 73 84 48; Fax: +33 (0)472 73 80 80

Applications must reach the Agency no later than 30 November 2008.


Did you know that ASCO offers free, evidence-based Clinical Tools and Resources for the use of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and practice administrators? provides a toolbox of these templates for your practice.  These web-accessible documents include: 

ASCO's Clinical Practice Guidelines provide the evidence base for all ASCO Clinical Tools & Resources.

For more information, reprint requests, or other inquiries, please contact the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Department of Cancer Policy & Clinical Affairs, 2318 Mill Road, Alexandria, VA  22314, 571-483-1670, or via e-mail at


The Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria (SOCRON)

The Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria (SOCRON) was set up to promote and foster the exchange and diffusion of information and ideas relating to human neoplastic diseases, including the biology, diagnosis, staging, treatment and psychosocial impact of cancer on human beings.

SOCRON intends to further the training of all persons in clinical research and in the total care of patients with neoplastic diseases as well as to encourage optimal communication between the various specialties concerned with neoplastic disease and to facilitate the delivery of health care.

Above all, the strategic plan of SOCRON is to improve cancer care and prevention in Nigeria